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The defense ministers of Japan and South Korea made no progress Sunday on stopping the expiry of their military intelligence-sharing pact, considered crucial to reducing the threat posed by North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons.

There was no single development toward avoiding the termination of the General Security of Military Information Agreement that expires Saturday, a Japanese official said, noting that Defense Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean counterpart, Jeong Kyeong-doo, “only stated their respective stances.”

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